Living Wage Calculation for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $16.81 $29.83 $33.47 $40.80 $24.05 $28.96 $31.47 $36.44 $11.90 $16.25 $18.06 $21.11
Poverty Wage $6.00 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $8.13 $10.25 $12.38 $14.50 $4.06 $5.13 $6.19 $7.25
Minimum Wage $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,010 $4,446 $6,682 $8,863 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802 $5,518 $6,877 $8,872 $10,802
Child Care $0 $6,086 $7,952 $9,817 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,086 $7,952 $9,817
Medical $2,381 $8,362 $8,074 $8,194 $5,967 $8,074 $8,194 $8,096 $5,967 $8,074 $8,194 $8,096
Housing $16,785 $19,772 $19,772 $25,876 $17,246 $19,772 $19,772 $25,876 $16,785 $19,772 $19,772 $25,876
Transportation $4,322 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206 $8,425 $10,689 $11,645 $12,206
Other $2,812 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126 $4,688 $4,867 $6,123 $6,126
Required annual income after taxes $29,310 $51,779 $58,036 $70,517 $41,844 $50,279 $54,605 $63,106 $41,384 $56,365 $62,557 $72,923
Annual taxes $5,659 $10,262 $11,573 $14,351 $8,181 $9,948 $10,854 $12,687 $8,116 $11,223 $12,562 $14,891
Required annual income before taxes $34,969 $62,041 $69,609 $84,868 $50,025 $60,227 $65,460 $75,793 $49,500 $67,588 $75,119 $87,814

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $140,448
Business & Financial Operations $90,152
Computer & Mathematical $107,747
Architecture & Engineering $100,622
Life, Physical, & Social Science $104,993
Community & Social Service $57,167
Legal $137,012
Education, Training, & Library $58,763
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $74,203
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $81,319
Healthcare Support $32,507
Protective Service $54,443
Food Preparation & Serving Related $26,805
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $29,854
Personal Care & Service $27,323
Sales & Related $30,728
Office & Administrative Support $42,347
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $35,933
Construction & Extraction $47,948
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $54,992
Production $37,742
Transportation & Material Moving $36,644